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Automated Performance Testing Based on Active Deep Learning

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Conference/Workshop Paper


2nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Automation of Software Test


Generating tests that can reveal performance issues in large and complex software systems within a reasonable amount of time is a challenging task. On one hand, there are numerous combinations of input data values to explore. On the other hand, we have a limited test budget to execute tests. What makes this task even more difficult is the lack of access to source code and the internal details of these systems. In this paper, we present an automated test generation method called ACTA for black-box performance testing. ACTA is based on active learning, which means that it does not require a large set of historical test data to learn about the performance characteristics of the system under test. Instead, it dynamically chooses the tests to execute using uncertainty sampling. ACTA relies on a conditional variant of generative adversarial networks,and facilitates specifying performance requirements in terms of conditions and generating tests that address those conditions.We have evaluated ACTA on a benchmark web application, and the experimental results indicate that this method is comparable with random testing, and two other machine learning methods,i.e. PerfXRL and DN.


author = {Ali Sedaghatbaf and Mahshid Helali Moghadam and Mehrdad Saadatmand},
title = {Automated Performance Testing Based on Active Deep Learning},
month = {May},
year = {2021},
booktitle = {2nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Automation of Software Test},
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